Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177054
Authors: 
Tyrowicz, Joanna
Smyk, Magdalena
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11250
Abstract: 
Income inequality in the context of large structural change has received a lot of attention in the literature, but most studies relied on household post-transfer inequality measures. This study utilizes a novel and fairly comprehensive collection of micro data sets from between 1980's and 2010 for both advanced market economies and economies undergoing transition from central planning to market based system. We show that wage inequality was initially lower in transition economies and immediately upon the change of the economic system surpassed the levels observed in advanced economies. We find a very weak link between structural change and wages in both advanced and post-transition economies, despite the predictions from skill-biased technological change literature. The decomposition of changes in wage inequality into a part attributable to changes in characteristics (mainly education) and a part attributable to changes in rewards does not yield any leading factors.
Subjects: 
wage inequality
structural change
transition
skill biased technological change
JEL: 
E24
D31
N34
O57
P36
P51
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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